Here is another enlightening interview with a yogi that will be teaching at the Wanderlust festivals in 2011. In case you haven’t heard, Wanderlust is an awesome music, yoga, and nature festival that takes place across the U.S.. If you live anywhere close to one of the seven cities they will be coming to, we suggest you try to go! Here’s a handy list of where they will be taking place.
Shiva Rea, M.A. is a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist and global adventurer. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways. She is the creator of Prana Flow Yoga, Yogadventure Retreats, Yoga Trance Dance for Life, Moving Activism for 1,008,000 Trees, the worldwide Global Mala Project, Yogini Conferences and E2: The Evolutionary Edge Tour. She will be teaching yoga at the Wanderlust festival at the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 21st and in Lake Tahoe from July 28-31.
What is the difference between practicing and experiencing yoga, and how do you personally experience yoga?
Yoga is a natural state. Everyone on the planet is born with yoga and is able to be in contact with it at any time. Yoga isn’t edited by mental commentary but is rather a unifying consciousness. Practicing yoga is about the reality that, as adults, it’s easy to feel disjointed when this fragmented world pulls in different directions. Yoga brings us back into an authentic, organic experience. Once yoga becomes part of your life, the line between practice and experience is blurred.
How does yoga live in everyone?
Yoga is in the pulse of every breath. It’s an alternate level that connects us, not just as humans, but to the life in all things on Earth – plants, animals, the breathing soil. This is why yoga classes are so amazing: you take a room full of strangers and gather around the essential experience of just breathing and being breathed.
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